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EOS Bodies / Re: New DSLR and PowerShots in May [CR2]
« on: April 02, 2014, 02:11:14 PM »
My "cristal ball" told me, that the first realistic announcement will be around the photokina-time.
There were (maybe still are) around 2 prototypes in the wild @ the olympics and there ist still no final  conclusion about which body will be final.

And the same person thinks that other brands like nikon will be faster than Canon @ replacing their crop highend slr.
Maybe Sony announces an fast SLR in 2014 too.

Maybe he read his tealeaves right.

Does anybody own the MindShift Gear rotation180 Professional? How is it to work with the rotationg system? Carrying comfort good? Or better to take think tanks backpack?
It is an expensive backpack (price in Euro is the same as in Dollars! ( a plus of near one third), but the rotating system (copied from think tank), looks quite interresting.

As I am still looking for an backpack for hiking with an "easy access" to the camera section without removing the backpack from the back, I tested 2 in the meantime.

The first, the contrejour 40 from click elite was a little bit tricky, because first, the price is more than 50% higher than in the US!  Second, there is an new model of this backpack existing, but was not shipable in January. Third: So I got the old version with freaky zippers that got stuck every time I opened the side access compartement. -> I sent it back.

The second was the Evoc cp26. An very well built backpack, but a little bit to small for hiking if you want to carry some food with.

Another one, I want to have an look at, are the Benro backpacks with the side access. Any suggestions with benros Ranger pro 400 or Beyond 400?


Software & Accessories / Benro backpacks - any experience?
« on: February 25, 2014, 03:06:18 PM »
I am still looking for an well built daypack for  6D/7D plus grip, 100-400, 70-200, 100mm macro, flash and 1-2 smaller lenses (50mm, 28mm, 60mm macro).

I found benro producing backpacks too.
Does anybody have an experience with one of these models?:
Beyond 400N, Coolwalker 300N, Reebok 300N or Sherpa 600

Much thanks

I just managed to catch the next injury through lack of technique, a (light) buritis on my elbow. The cause was me leaning with my elbow on frozen ground too long too often while photographing wildlife. I underestimated this though I generally know about the danger and dampen my knees.

Since is the second time I run into something like this I wonder what's next, i.e. how to prevent what I don't know yet. Are there any other common injuries caused by lack of technique and how to avoid them? I'll start the list. For jokes please feel free to start another thread, I'm serious about this.

1. Buritis on knees and elbows - don't knee or lean on hard ground w/o protection: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olecranon_bursitis

2. Tenosynovitis when trying to hold too much camera weight improperly (fingers, wrist w/o camera strap) - always balance the weight with both arms or use a monopod: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenosynovitis

3. ...?

Dear Marsu 42!

Many tipps have been given. Problems to be added: Occular accomodation problems after starring into the OVF for a long time.
My personal experience (out of my profession) to your problems:
- Try to keep warm (use an foldable isolating mattress, fingerfree gloves. Fetch joint warmer (there are some models that are really thin and you can wear them under your trousers, pullovers without feeling uncomfortable.... There are some troursers or sweaters existing (look at sports shops) thath have an included strengthening in the joint areas.)
- Use a camera holder for front positioninig, you can click in your backpach straps. So the weight is distributed on the backpackstraps.
- Also do not use the original neckholder for a long time, no sling strap. Better buy a carrying system that works like a climbing belt for the chest (Brustgurt).

EOS Bodies / Canon EOS Rebel Kiss X70 Specs
« on: February 11, 2014, 04:43:27 PM »
Canon EOS Kiss X70 Specifications:

    18MP APS-C sensor
    DIGIC 4

    3 fps

Looks like recycling of older sensors....

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 09, 2014, 08:34:28 AM »
If I understand , you recommend to shoot at higher ISO (640) to gain less noise in the shadows.

That's what it's for - higher iso *reduces* noise vs. low iso underexposed, or we wouldn't need high iso at all. Btw if shadow noise is your problem in a high-dynamic range moving scene, you should try Magic Lantern's dual_iso module which is designed just for this purpose.

Someone in the CR forum told me to shoot @ 160 not @100 ist, 320,... and so on. And the pics at Iso 160 are really better than @100.

The 160x isos have marginally higher dynamic range than full iso stops, but in your case 100->160 the same thing as above applies - use the iso to properly expose the picture unless it's >12800 (5d3) or >6400 (6d) or >3200 (rest) because these isos are just digitally pushed.

A Canon professional trainer told me, that the 7D has best performing iso - 160 for normal, or multiplicated by 160 (320,...). @ this ISO steps the picture quality will be best. But the 7D´s IQ  gets worse over 1600...

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 5DIII - too grainy or not?
« on: February 09, 2014, 04:29:01 AM »
I had an similar problem with my 7D. Someone in the CR forum told me to shoot @ 160 not @100 ist, 320,... and so on. And the pics at Iso 160 are really better than @100. And i recogniced, if the shot is not 100% sharp, the picture is much more grainy than if it is really sharp.

Photography Technique / Re: The Cheapo Camera bag to fool the bad guys.
« on: February 07, 2014, 01:45:21 PM »
Secured my Camera last year in Mexico by carrying in an baby bag (normally filled eg.  with nappies) that fits exatly for the 7D with Grip, Tokina 12-24mm and the 28-70 mm 2.8. Material waterproof outside, inside neopren to keep drinks warm.

In Africa and Russia, the Cam was secured in an red first-aid bag, you normally carry if you climb up mountains to rescue persons. I own an big and an small one, that fits on the waist-belt. We travelled in an big group, so some thought, I am the paramedic of this group. (and it worked, 3 groupmembers got their cams "lost". My bag was ignored.) The same trick worked some decades ago, when we smuggled our cams on board of our "rhino"s.

Canon non-EF Lenses (TS-E, FD, etc.) / Re: Canon MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro
« on: February 07, 2014, 04:32:56 AM »
These Pics reminds me to use this lens again. When I bought it, around 2001 or so, I was a little bit frustrated. I thought it could be used like an normal macro lens (like my 100mm2.8 or ma 180mm 3.5). But it was a little bit more difficult... So I had to buy a lot more equipment. A micro-adjustment glider (Einstellschlitten), a adjustable flash-holder for 2 flashes, and an 2 headed flash-system (all from Novoflex uniset, auto-duo-flash,...) ... A lot of money, but I was not satisfied, because the flash was not bright enough to bring enough light into the picture at a 3-5x magnification. Especially, when the insects were not resting long enough, or the wind was moving the objects... So it was hard work to get sharp pictures on the film (Eos 1V and Eos 3).
Using the 7D and 60D was more satisfying, but there was much vignetting. But now, the 6D will be a game-changer in this topic. Thanks for reminding to use it again. I just opened the dusty box with the since 2011 resting MPE65 and all of the macro-equipment inside.

One question please: I think the Novoflex uniset will be able to carry an light flash. If not, which external flashholder to buy? and which "flash softbox?
I think an omnibouncer on the flash will bring to hard light on the objects.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 7D Mark II in Q2? [CR1]
« on: January 31, 2014, 08:35:51 AM »
Some days ago, I saw a lot of photographers with a lot more equipment carrying around in Kitzbühel in Austria. We´ve been there (not to see Arnie  :P) but to support our local new slalom-star from Garmisch. (And he won  ;D )
 I saw - like last year - more than one photographer-group using an big SLR-body without a naming on it and an built-in vertical grip. This might be an Nikon body, because of the round OVF... 2 Laptops, many boxes,... one person shooting and three looking on their laptops...

I my opinion they tested something. The lenses or the body......

But in my opinion too, it looks like seome people want to keep this topic boiling....

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod Suggestions
« on: January 28, 2014, 03:52:45 PM »
MeFOTO Roadtrip: Hmmmm. This tripod looks the same like one of the Sirui Series ... Could this be?

Software & Accessories / Re: Ultra-Light Travel Tripod Suggestions
« on: January 28, 2014, 03:47:27 PM »
I recommend the Sirui TX-2204 with the E-20 ball head. Arca-swiss comatible. carbon.
Own it for a few month, using it nearly every day in the last weeks.
Going skiing or ski tours in South Tyrol an the Swiss Alps, every pound you do not have to carry is an good one...
The Tripod is about 144cm extended, with the 7d and grip or the 5D3 in eye height (I am 178cm tall). High enough. And the Head and the tripod is only about 1,7 kg. The head is very good. Keeps the 5D3+Grip+300mm 2.8 + 1,4x in every position.

It looks very similar to the system made by f stop gear ;)
The price of the medium ICU is the same like the ICU  from F-Stop.

I hope F-Stop will create an bigger backpack with an side-access to the Camera with an mounted lens.

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